Job Position: Full-time applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position with MéridaLabs at the University of British Columbia.
Cities around the world are setting very ambitious climate targets that will require transformational changes in how we live, work, commute, and build. It will take the best efforts of all sectors of society, including the academic sector, to develop and implement the detailed plans, policies and partnerships needed to achieve such goals. This postdoctoral position will be focused on the implementation issues associated with achieving existing municipal climate goals in the Metro Vancouver region. The PDF will work collaboratively with partners on identifying opportunities to catalyze transformational city-scale solutions strategies, policy approaches and technologies. The UBC-Vancouver “Campus as a Living Lab” initiative will inform these activities.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow who brings interdisciplinary expertise in urban sustainability, climate change policy and action, and policy analysis, as well as demonstrated experience in multi-stakeholder community engagement processes. The candidate will have significant responsibility for developing and implementing transdisciplinary partnerships among academic and non-academic partners. They will have the opportunity to be a lead contributor to peer reviewed publications, reports, conference proceedings, and participate in meetings with academic, civil society, private sector and government partners.
The Fellow will also participate in collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects with other members of the University Climate Change Coalition’s (UC3) Fellowship program. These coalition projects could include sharing best practices across universities and communities, coordination of workshops or events to present project outcomes, development of large-scale proposals, visits to other campuses and communities, or development of publications and guidebooks, etc. The Fellow will spend approximately 80% of their time working on the UBC project described below, while the remaining 20% of their time will be spent on collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects relevant to the entire network (e.g., building a community of practice as described below).
At MéridaLabs, we use the UBC-Vancouver campus as a living lab to develop and integrate new technologies and systems into city-scale climate solutions.
The successful candidate for this position will lead the development of teams and programs working with UBC groups and partner communities. These activities may include working with existing cooperation agreements, as well as developing new engagement and collaboration processes.
Description of duties:
The fellowship will be for a one-year appointment, renewable, subject to a performance assessment. The position is available from now until it is filled. Review of applications will begin on June 1st, 2021. The research will be interdisciplinary and interested candidates with a PhD in Science, Engineering, Political Science, Geophysics, Urban Planning, Mapping or related fields completed within the last 3 years are encouraged to apply. Applications must include a short cover letter, curriculum vitae with the names and contact information for three references. Please send your application to MéridaLabs (email@example.com).
Applicants are asked to complete the following equity survey: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eE9WoMxdkWxvyFn. The survey information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment but will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. Your participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may also decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed”.
This posting is for the UBC Vancouver campus in British Columbia, Canada.
Please refer to reference number RX-54881 during correspondence about this position.
Please visit the researcher profile of the supervisor for this position to learn more about their research.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.
Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC Vancouver
UBC is home to over 900 postdocs spanning all faculties and units across two campuses and a variety of affiliated hospitals, research centres, and sites, providing unparalleled opportunities to learn, discover and contribute in one’s own way. UBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) is committed to supporting the lives and career aspirations of our Postdocs, with the goal of enriching their experience at UBC and preparing them for the future. In addition to providing support and advocacy for all postdocs, the PDFO is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities that foster the development of soft skills needed in today’s professional environments, helping them secure future careers in their chosen fields.
About UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science
The Faculty of Applied Science comprises a unique constellation of disciplines – including the Schools of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning and Nursing, as well as all engineering activities at both the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Our work and the professional disciplines we represent span the entire human-centred built environment and innovation at all scales – from nanoscale electronic devices that power communications to the design of entire cities.
There has never been a more urgent time for our professions – as planners, architects, nurses and engineers – to come together to build upon our existing strengths and ambitions to ensure a thriving society, to make real impact locally and globally.
With a community of over 300 full-time faculty members and more than 8,600 students across our undergraduate and graduate programs, we shape the leaders and professions that shape the world.
Vancouver is a dynamic, cosmopolitan and progressive city, consistently ranked as one of the top cities to live in the world. Canada’s third largest city has it all: sea, parks, mountains, beaches, and four seasons per year, including beautiful summers and mild, wet winters with snow in the mountains. It’s the perfect backdrop to your academic research.
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